School supplies for some students are in short supply, but the community can make a difference and, in turn, help them make the grade.
Columbia Association (CA) and its Volunteer Center Serving Howard County are once again participating in Prepare for Success, a local program that provides free school supplies to students whose families couldn’t otherwise afford them. These students are better able to succeed in school due to having the needed supplies.
“Despite the fact that Howard County, Maryland, is one of the richest counties in the nation, more than 9,000, or 17.6 percent, of its public school students must rely on the Free and Reduced Meal program for nutritious food their families cannot afford,” says the Prepare for Success website. “More than 400 of them are homeless. For the growing number of families who can barely keep up with high food, fuel, and shelter costs, buying expensive, required school supplies is next to impossible.”
CA has collection boxes in many of its facilities, including CA Headquarters (located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in downtown Columbia), the Columbia Art Center (located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center), its three fitness facilities and the 10 village offices.
School supplies are being collected until August 19. Please donate new items only.
The supplies needed include:
- 3×3 sticky notes
- glue sticks
- 3-hole lined paper
- pocket folders
- 12-inch rulers
- blunt scissors
- No. 2 pencils
- subject dividers
- zippered pencil pouches
- 1-subject spiral notebooks
- pink erasers
- colored pencils
- magic markers
- marble composition books
- 2-inch, 3-ring binders
Monetary donations for supplies may be donated via the Community Action Council of Howard County’s web site at cac-hc.org/CAC/cac_makeadonation.htm. Tax-deductible checks can be sent to Prepare For Success, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.
Prepare for Success is a project sponsored by Community Action Council of Howard County; Howard County Library; Howard County PTA Council; Howard County Public School System; Columbia Association and its Volunteer Center Serving Howard County; and Christ Church Link, which founded the effort a decade ago.
More than 22,000 backpacks filled with school supplies have been provided since then to county public school system students of all ages who are in need, according to the Prepare for Success web site. Other supplies are also distributed throughout the year.
For more information, call Prepare for Success at 410-988-0378.